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Acer emachines G620

Author(s)

Leslie Viljoen (leslieviljoen@gmail.com)

Introduction

This is a low cost laptop that runs Linux very well if you are willing to accept some proprietary drivers.

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Specifications

Nameemachines G620 (full model: MG620-652G25Mi)
ProcessorAMD Athlon™ X2 Dual-Core QL-65
Screen17” up to 1440×900
RAM2 GB
HDD250 GB
Optical DriveDVD RW
GraphicsnVidia GeForce 9100M G (rev a2)
Wireless NetworkBroadcom Corporation BCM4312 802.11b/g (rev 01)
Ethernet NetworkBroadcom Corporation NetXtreme BCM5764M Gigabit Ethernet PCIe (rev 10)

Linux Compatibility

DeviceCompatibilityComments
ProcessorYes
ScreenYes
HDDYes
Optical DriveNot Tested
GraphicsYesRequires proprietary NVidia driver, Ubuntu 10.04 installs it (working package: nvidia-current, version: 195.36.15-0ubuntu2)
SoundYesComments
EthernetYes
WirelessYesRequires proprietary Broadcom driver, Ubuntu 10.04 installs it (working package: bcmwl-modaliases, version: 5.60.48.36+bdcom-0ubuntu3)
USBYes
CameraYesTested using Skype version 2.1.0.81-1
MicrophoneYesLow amplification, had to put on max volume

Notes

Brightness and volume control buttons on the keyboard work out of the box with Ubuntu 10.04. Suspend and Hibernate functions also work properly with Ubuntu 10.04.

Summary

I'd recommend this laptop for Linux if you are not bothered by proprietary drivers. These drivers may be harder to install on a Linux other than Ubuntu and are a black box to distribution developers, meaning they can't be studied for security risks, debugged or improved upon.


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